Four-alarm fire burns Silo restaurant to ashes


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An iconic restaurant in Chenango County is in ashes following a spectacular four-alarm fire in early November 28.

Chenango County Emergency Service officials said the first call about a fire at the Silo restaurant at 203 Moran Road in Greene in the city of Coventry arrived shortly before 12:30 a.m., with the second, third and fourth alarms having been triggered within the hour.

Firefighters from several Broome County businesses joined Coventry and other Chenango County units at the scene.

Chenango County dispatchers said the last units of firefighters finally left the scene around 8:30 a.m.

There were no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The restaurant, which has been the scene of hundreds of weddings, birthdays and many other celebrations for decades, went up for sale a year ago.

Originally known as ‘Restaurant Ye OIde Silo’, the cedar shingle clad structure was built in 1967. It had already been heavily damaged by a fire in May 1985, but was rebuilt and reopened.

The Chenango County Fire Alert page lists these companies as having responded to the scene:

Coventry, Bainbridge, Oxford, Smithville, Greene, Brisben, Guilford, Harpursville. Afton, Port Crane, Sanitaria Springs, Triangle, Masonville, Sidney and Chenango Forks as well as Greene Emergency Medical Services, Chenango County Fire Coordinators and Chenango County Fire Investigators.

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